Before anyone finds themself impressed with my knowledge of Edgar Allen Poe, I want to assure you I had to look him up. Sure I know he is a famed poet and literary agent and I’m definitely familiar with The Raven. However, The Bloodhound is based around another of Poe’s works, The Fall of the House of Usher. I watched this movie twice and I liked it. It’s dark and aesthetic and moody. The characters are stiff and purposefully odd. The narrative is riveting despite weird dreamy scenes and a story that seems to be about nothing at all except for this house. There is tension built around the notion of a climatic hammer drop that you wait and wait for.
The Bloodhound is a directorial debut from Patrick Picard and this story is built upon a short run time. I like a slow burn that gets to the point quickly and that is definitely so here. It’s a movie with less of a storyline and more of a preamble that leads to a dead-end. And similar to The Raven and many other of Poe’s literature; loneliness, depression, friendship, and madness are among some of its more obvious themes.
The film stars Liam Aiken (A Series of Unfortunate Events), as Francis, a man who is beckoned by an old friend to come and visit. Joe Adler (The Maze Runner), plays the eccentric Jean-Paul Luret (J.P), a man rich in everything except family and friends. His twin sister Viviene who appears only in dreams but lives in a room in the basement comes from Annalise Basso (“Snowpiercer“).
If You Can’t Buy Happiness, What Can You Buy?
JP has made it known he is suffering from an illness. So is his sister. His family is all dead and the two are now shut off from the world in this large and sentient estate. For J.P, Liam is something of regret and so the two try to rekindle long-forgotten memories. There’s a weird bandaged thing that comes out at night, visions of dead bodies, and the house itself plays its own games.
If you’re into aesthitcs and mood pieces this will do nicely for some and the rest will bail out or make it to the end accidentally and be annoyed. I must admit, I scoured a few House of Usher explanation pieces and read through excerpts of the original text thinking this was a storyline that could be explained. But it can’t. While The Bloodhound is only generally based on Poe’s story, it’s tone and dark textural cinematography is captured. I think this is what makes it a success.
Original Text VS The Bloodhound
The basic gist of the original story is that Liam is to be seen from the point of view of the audience. The house is haunted and responsive to the fears of those it acommodates. Lineage for J.P and Vivienne’s is frought with incest and therefore ou can atribube madness to both siblings. The Bloodhound twists the ending with alarms and a sense that this empty fortress is closing up. In the original text, it splits in two and crumbles. At it’s core, it’s simply a story about nothing but emotion encased in a haunted house that tricks the occupants by listening. But it’s still good.
But evil things, in robes of sorrow,“The Haunted Place” from Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher
Assailed the monarch’s high estate; (Ah, let us mourn, for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)
And, round about his home, the glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.
I give The Bloodhound
3.75 When is a home not a home? out of 5
- Director and writer: Patrick Picard.
- Producers: Leal Naim and Thomas R. Burke, of The Endless and Synchronic.
- Release date: 1st December, see where to watch The Bloodhound below.
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